A highlight of the 15th annual FringeArts Festival (then the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival) was the American debut of Play, a performance work by international choreographers and dancers Sidi Larbi and Shantala Shivalingappa. They performed this duet for the first time in the United States, and Shivalingappa also presented her solo program, Namasya. Born in India and raised in Paris, Shivalingappa practices the classical, expressive Indian dance form of Kuchipudi. Her program Namasya concentrated on contemporary choreography commissioned for the artist. Larbi’s interest in the framework of cultural identity reflects his background as a Belgian-born dancer with a Muslim father and Catholic mother. Larbi and Shivalingappa “examine the connection between contemporary art-making and traditional approaches” and “incorporate personal identity and ethnic background” into their work.
A full schedule of activities took place around the presentation of Larbi and Shivalingappa, and addressed the current impact of cross-genre and cross-cultural work that characterizes the dance landscape. These activities were designed for local artists and audiences who wished to learn more about South Asian dance in a global context. They included film screenings; a rare week-long workshop in the Indian martial art form Kalaripayattu for selected Philadelphia dancers; and a day-long symposium that explored intercultural dance and practice in North America, South Asia, Africa, and the African Diaspora.
Five Pew Fellows have been awarded artist residencies in 2014, part of the ongoing partnership between The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and four North American artist residency programs.
Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers.
Jock Reynolds has been the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery since 1998.
Albert C. Barnes founded The Barnes Foundation in 1922 in Merion, Pennsylvania, to house his growing collection of modern art, African sculpture, and metalwork.
In the second iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series, dancer and choreographer Roko Kawai reflects upon and shares images of her dance work since 1992.
Throughout Dancing around the Bride’s run at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the exhibition received media attention from a number of publications.
Tim Grove is chief of museum learning at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where he oversees programming and works on exhibition and web development.
WXPN’s yearlong project explores the origins and evolution of zydeco, a form of African-American roots music that blends Cajun traditions, blues, and R&B. On Saturday, December 13, Zydeco Crossroads and Allons Danser welcome zydeco musicians Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys to Norristown’s Holy Saviour Club for a holiday potluck and dance party.
Headlong Dance Theater worked with a team of advisors to assess its options following the recent departure of one of its three founding directors.
Dan Byers is Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Byers contributed to the Center’s 2013 publication Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field. He was a 2014 panelist and a 2015 LOI panelist, both in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.
Leading hip-hop artist Raphael Xavier brought together masterful street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music by saxophonist and composer Bobby Zankel for a contemporary circus-style performance in City Hall’s courtyard that paid tribute to the soul of the urban street.
Peggy Baker is one of Canada’s most treasured modern dancers and choreographers, and the artistic director of Peggy Baker Dance Projects.